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RSS chief Bhagwat says he is not a messenger of the govt

india Updated: Aug 21, 2016 17:58 IST
Mohan Bhagwat

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat(PTI Photo)

Faced with a volley of complaints and demands from teachers at an event in Agra, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat told them he was not a “messenger” of the BJP-led central government and they should approach HRD minister Prakash Javadekar.

Addressing around 2,000 young couples at another function, Bhagwat urged them to work for family values and help inculcate patriotic sentiments in children.

He said he was aware of the problems in the educational field but he was not a representative of the NDA government.

The audience included university teachers, academics and teachers from schools in Agra and neighbouring districts.

The teachers raised a number of their grievances but Bhagwat said the RSS was an independent outfit and they will have to raise their issues with the government.

“I know all of you are thinking that I am a messenger of the government but that is not true. I won’t be able to help you with issues like pension, work place harassment and others.

“I would request you to please write to HRD minister Prakash Javadekar.”

He, however, promised he would try to present their case before the government.

On the issue of declining Hindu population, Bhagwat said it was because of the current social environment.

“Which law says that the population of Hindus’ should not rise? What is stopping them when population of others’ is rising. The issue is not related to the system. It is because the social environment is like this,” the RSS chief said.

Bhagwat addressed young couples at the Agra College as part of his four-day stay in the city to interact with groups representing various social strata and professions.